Earlier this year, the Miles family reached out to set up a hanbok photoshoot while they were visiting Seoul. With this fun-loving family and some of the best weather we’ve had all year, this was a fantastic day out with some fellow Aussies!
We met up on a beautifully warm May morning at Changdeokgung here in Seoul, which we’d picked among the palaces of Seoul for its architecture and nature. The sky was blue and the light was crisp. I knew we were in for some beautiful images. Even when we work in the shade, crisp sunlight flowing in from the outside offers beautiful results.
The soft colours of the hanboks the family had chosen played so well with the muted tones of the palace. This colour palette allowed us to focus the images very heavily on the expressions of the family. If you’re planning a hanbok photoshoot in Seoul, I cannot recommend highly enough choosing colours in the same register as the palaces. It really makes for beautiful photographs. As I usually do, I recommended Gureumi Hanbok nearby Gyeongbokgung. Of all the hanbok rental houses I’ve worked with, they’re by far the friendliest and most helpful. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
For the first 15 minutes of our session, we spent our time under the awnings nearby the entrance to the palace. While the bright sun gave us warm weather, the beautiful shaded areas provided for the best light for our photoshoot. We began by making some images of the whole family. Then, we made some individuals and a few shots of the girls together. Of course, the kids got a chance to suggest their own images as well. Can you guess which ones?
Finally, we wrapped up our shoot with a couple of images in regular clothing. Since hanboks are so large, you can wear other clothing inside. If the weather is cool enough, I recommend this so we can switch quickly at the end of the photoshoot and make a couple of extra images.
A hanbok photoshoot is a great way to commemorate your time in Seoul. So, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and book your date for a beautiful family session in hanboks!
These photos are magical, Dylan!